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  • The Queer Art of Whistleblowing September 16, 2013 What should we make of the fact that Bradley Manning has become Chelsea, that Glenn Greenwald is gay, that David Miranda loves a man enough to submit to the harassment incurred by his partner’s work, that Greenwald’s detractors sought to tarnish him by association with—of all things—a porncompany? Possibly nothing generalisable, except that gender is doing ...
  • Autumn 2013 Politics Department Seminar Series September 10, 2013 Date: 9 October 2013 Speaker: Dr. Ian Cooper (Oxford University),  ‘Democratic Consolidation in Africa: the role of Presidential Succession Crises’   Date: 16 October 2013 Speaker: Dr. Kelly Kollman (University of Glasgow),  ’Deploying Europe: the Creation of Discursive Imperatives for Same-sex Unions’   Date: 23 October 2013 Speaker: Dr. Mayling Birney (LSE), ‘A Rule of Mandates:  How China Governs’   Date: 13 November 2013 Speaker: Dr. Matthew ...
  • Newest SOAS Politics Newsletter July 9, 2013 Check out the newest issue of the SOAS Politics and International Studies Newsletter, with all the news you may want about publications, media pieces, notices, awards, etc. http://www.soas.ac.uk/politics/newsletter/file85340.pdf  (in PDF) Share SOAS Politics Tweet
  • A Bibliographic Entry for the Clash of Civilizations June 6, 2013 Introduction From a contemporary perspective, the phrase “clash of civilizations” was popularized by the British-American Orientalist Bernard Lewis in an article for the Atlantic Monthly published in 1990. Lewis argued that Islamic militancy is reinvigorating an ancient rivalry between Islam and the “Judeo-Christian heritage” of the “West.” Harvard professor Samuel P. Huntington took up the concept and theorized ...
  • Iran Election: Change in Nuclear Diplomacy? June 6, 2013 A major consideration ahead of Iran’s June 14 election is the impact of a new presidency on the country’s future nuclear negotiations. While the president in Iran lacks the power to decide on the strategy guiding nuclear talks, he has a substantial role in determining the style and tactics of negotiations. Iran’s Supreme Leader has the ...
  • Does democracy mean different things in India and Pakistan? May 8, 2013 In this post, I consider whether ‘democracy’ might mean different things in different places—focusing, specifically, on the relationship between democracy and the rule of law. Is democracy grounded in elections or a particular understanding of ‘justice’ set apart from ‘the rule of law’? Does this relationship operate differently in western contexts like the U.K. and non-western ...
  • Margaret Thatcher and West Asia April 24, 2013 Margaret Thatcher was a true Cold War Amazon. Her perception of world politics was seriously affected, if not determined by the global competition between the West and the Soviet Union. This bipolar world view lent itself to thinking in dichotomies: good versus evil, justice versus terrorism, freedom versus socialism. Many commentators have argued that her ...
  • The tip of the spear: US Special Operations Forces March 29, 2013 The recent news of a possible shift in the operation of drones from the CIA to the Department of Defense was by and large received with a shrug. Given that the programme would likely be operated by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and under conditions of strictest secrecy, and probably launched from inaccessible “floating bases” on especially ...
  • Mr Abbas Goes to New York? February 18, 2013 When the United Nations General Assembly voted on 29 November 2012 to grant the Palestinian Authority (PA) non-member observer state status, the reaction of many of the most ardent and long-term critics of Israeli settler-colonialism was derisive. The arguments are entirely persuasive: this was a symbolic move by a desperate regime in Ramallah who has ...
  • Recasting an agenda for peace January 31, 2013 The International Criminal Court (ICC) celebrated its ten-year anniversary last summer. During its first decade of life, both the shadow and the actuality of international justice in the form of investigation, trial, and judgment have become a central feature of many conflicts, ongoing and concluded. Nearly a decade before the ICC opened its doors, South ...
  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at SOAS Department of Politics and International Studies January 30, 2013 The Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London, is accepting applications from candidates for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. Innovative and theoretically-grounded projects in the Politics of Asia, Africa and/or the Middle East; International Relations Theory and Global Politics; Conflict, Rights and Justice; Comparative Political Thought; Energy Security; Migration and Diaspora ...
  • Iran’s Window for Nuclear Diplomacy Closing January 25, 2013 Although attention in the West remains focused on Iran’s nuclear program, talk among the Iranian elite has already turned toward Iranian presidential elections that could have a major impact on the current diplomatic impasse and the Islamic Republic’s relations with the United States. On a just-concluded visit to Tehran, I talked to dozens of current and ...
  • Vacancies in the Politics Department: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in International Political Economy January 23, 2013 Lecturer salary: £32,558-£46,471 p.a inclusive of London Allowance Senior Lecturer/Reader salary: £48,075-£55,367 p.a inclusive of London Allowance The Department of Politics and International Studies seeks to make an appointment in International Political Economy (IPE) from September 2013. Particular subfield is open, but candidates with significant expertise in Asia, Africa and/or the Middle East, including an ability to ...
  • Vacancies in the Politics Department: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in International Relations January 23, 2013 Lecturer salary: £32,558-£46,471 p.a inclusive of London Allowance Senior Lecturer/Reader salary: £48,075-£55,367 p.a inclusive of London Allowance The Department of Politics and International Studies seeks to make an appointment in International Relations (IR) from September 2013. Particular subfield is open, but the Department has needs in Foreign Policy Analysis, Environmental Politics, and/or Quantitative Methods. Candidates with significant ...
  • Justice without Lawyers: Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts phenomenon January 23, 2013 In June 2012, Rwanda completed the most comprehensive post-conflict justice programme attempted anywhere in the world. Over the last decade, 11,000 community-based Gacaca courts, overseen by locally-elected judges and barring any participation by lawyers, have prosecuted around 400,000 suspected perpetrators of the 1994 genocide. Nearly every Rwandan adult has participated in Gacaca in some way, either ...
  • Is the International Criminal Court Following the Flag in Mali? January 22, 2013   Only five days after the French launched a military attack on Islamic militants in Mali’s Northern region, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened a formal investigation into alleged crimes committed in Mali. This decision reinforces the ICC’s emerging (if informal) role as an instrument of coercive diplomacy. Bensouda’s words suggest the same. “Justice” she writes, “can play its ...
  • Laleh Khalili and Lisa Hajjar speak on Torture, Drones and Detention January 18, 2013 The following is an audio recording of a joint book talk held on 16 January 2013. Laleh Khalili and Lisa Hajjar recently published their Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgenciesand Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights, respectively. The event was held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and featured a ...
  • WWF drones raise serious questions for international security December 10, 2012 We are currently bearing witness to great changes in international security. Gone are the days of state monopoly over internal and external security agencies. State policing and military agencies are now serving alongside a variety of global, regional, and subnational security providers. The latest to join this mix of non-state actors is the World Wildlife Federation ...
  • Farid Boudjellal: An Algerian Exception November 20, 2012 Sixteen years after the French conquest in 1830, unlike Morocco and Tunisia, Algerian independence from France was achieved 50 years ago. Self-determination occurred after a gruesome and bloody war lasting eight years until 1962, the year in which over a million Français d’Algérie (French Algerians or Pied-Noirs) fled the ountry. Among them were indigenous Jews and Muslim ...
  • Exciting doctoral studentships at SOAS November 5, 2012 Dear colleagues, The Department of Politics at SOAS (University of London) is pleased to announce several PhD studentships in 2013. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the Department was rated in the Top 10 for Politics, with special expertise in International Politics and the politics of South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, ...

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